Mozilla Firefox 2.0 "Bon Echo" has reached its first release candidate. This release should be very close to the final product that will ship later this year. Among the changes are user interface improvements, anti-phising protection, enhanced search capabilities, inline spell checking, improved tabbing, and much more. The release notes can be found here. Phoronix coverage can be found for Bon Echo Alpha 2 and Mozilla Firefox 2.0 Beta 1.
Another security and stability update is now out for Firefox. Mozilla Firefox v220.127.116.11 improves stability and fixes seven security flaws. This update is available for all platforms. Mozilla Thunderbird has also been updated to v18.104.22.168 for security (six flaws) and stability. Here and here are the release notes respectively.
While Firefox 2.0 isn't expected for a final release until early 2007, the second Beta of Mozilla Firefox 2.0 (Bon Echo) has been released. Of the many changes in this beta release include an updated Firefox 2 theme and visual effects, built-in phishing detector, enhanced search capabilities, improved tabbed browsing, browser resume session, preview/subscribe to RSS feeds, in-line spell checker, live titles, and improved add-on manager. The various Beta packages can be downloaded from Mozilla. Phoronix had previously provided a tour of Bon Echo (Firefox 2) as well as screenshots of Beta 1.
Mozilla Thunderbird 2 Alpha 1 has been released, which contains a slew of improvements and new features. The Mozilla Thunderbird 2 Alpha 1 change-log can be read here. Shortly after the Mozilla Firefox v22.214.171.124 release, Mozilla Firefox v126.96.36.199 has already appeared on the Mozilla FTP server. This release apparently corrects some issues brought up in the latest build.
A new security update is out today for the Mozilla Firefox 1.5 branch. The Mozilla Firefox 188.8.131.52 binary is available here.
Mozilla has announced the immediate availability of Thunderbird v184.108.40.206 and Firefox v220.127.116.11. Both of these minor updates aim at providing stability and security fixes. Also coinciding with the Firefox and Thunderbird release is the 1.0.2 release of Mozilla SeaMonkey. More on these releases are at Mozilla.
For those after the latest-and-greatest development snapshots for Bon Echo, Mozilla has announced the third development milestone in the road to Firefox 2.0. New features in Mozilla Bon Echo Alpha 3 include anti-phising protection, search suggestions now appear with search history, and support for client-side session and persistent storage. Our tour of Bon Echo Alpha 2 is available here. More information is at Mozilla Developer News.
The Mozilla development team has released Bon Echo Alpha 2, or officially known as Mozilla Firefox v2.0 Alpha 2. As stated in the change-log, there are quite a few improvements contained in this release. Due to such a jam-packed release, we at Phoronix have taken a tour of Bon Echo Alpha 2.
For those running Mozilla's Firefox, version 18.104.22.168 has been released which is a minor update that addresses a security problem. This security fix closes the problem that could create a denial of service vulnerability. Mozilla Firefox v22.214.171.124 is available here.
SeaMonkey, one of the latest Mozilla-powered projects, has reached version 1.0.1. Incorporated in this new release are improved stability, universal Macintosh binary compatibility (including Macintosh with x86), several security fixes. There is one known issue with this release and it involves a SELinux problem with Fedora Core 5. More information on this project is available from Mozilla SeaMonkey.
Following the Mozilla Firefox 1.0.8 / 126.96.36.199 updates the middle of this month, the Thunderbird project is now at 1.0.8 / 188.8.131.52. Similar to the Firefox updates, the new Thunderbird release is focused on minor security and stability updates. Here are the release notes for Mozilla Thunderbird v184.108.40.206. Thunderbird v2.0 is still tentatively scheduled for a release late this fall.
Mozilla Firefox 1.0.8 for the v1.0.x branch and Firefox 220.127.116.11 for the v1.5.x branch have now been released just minutes ago on April 13, 2006. The Firefox v1.0.8 release also signifies the end-of-life for this development branch. Both of these updates focus upon stability and security updates. Mozilla Firefox can be downloaded from Mozilla.
Making headlines this morning is news of a preliminary release schedule for Mozilla Firefox v1.0.8 and Firefox v18.104.22.168, along with news of Mozilla Suite v1.7.13. Development work for Firefox v1.0.8 has already wrapped up and are targeting at a mid-March release, and the code freeze for v22.214.171.124 will occur this coming Monday (February 20, 2006) and will ship in early April. As the code-base between Firefox and Thunderbird is shared, developers are seeking for a simultaneous Thunderbird/Firefox v126.96.36.199 release. The Mozilla Firefox v1.0.x branch is going to be maintained until the end of May, which will be six months of support since the presence of the v1.5 branch, due to some Linux distributions (such as Fedora and Ubuntu) being dependent upon that branch (although there are ways to bypass this problem by tapping into alternative RPM repositories for Fedora). Of course, these schedules are tentative and may slip temporarily, similar to as we had seen last week with the Mozilla Firefox v2.0 Alpha. The preliminary schedule can be found at Mozilla Developer News.
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